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Hannah J Mishin
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work is an attempt to conceptualize an immense idea: the exploration of neurological functions as comprehensive of all that it is to be human. Through paintings and drawings, I attempt to capture the struggle between and the fusion of the most basic of these functions: the logical and emotional capacities of the mind. I have developed specific signifiers to define the behavior of these functions were they tangible and am therefore interested in the physical possibilities within painting and drawing. I use a unique collage process in my paintings. I apply paper cut-outs onto panels. I then paint over them. When the painting process is complete, I sometimes peel off the paint and in other instances, I allow the paper to simply remain a bas-relief. My drawings incorporate a different type of physicality, for I emboss schema onto the paper. This physicality expresses these signifiers' relationship to the tangible world. By exploring the tangibility of neurological functions, I understand emotion as an organic process, rooted in genetic memory and cemented by culture. The organic qualities within my work represent this organic nature of emotion. I represent logic through simplified artifacts of collaborative rationality, such as mechanical parts and diagrammatic forms. My recent work extinguishes the exclusivity of these two basic neurological components by subsuming the emotional construct, thereby amorphising the rigidity of the logical. I am keenly interested in the plasticity of the relationship between emotions and logic. Humans exist as a fusion of the two, a dichotomy that I find interesting.
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  • Prion
    2009
    Oil wax and paper on panel   48" x 48"
    Paper cut out as relief imagery. The white portion: painted paper removed, exposed pure paper

  • Chemiluminescence
    2010
    Oil wax and paper on panel   48" x 48"

  • Rhombencephalon
    2009
    Oil wax and paper on panel   48" x 48"
    Paper cut out as relief imagery.

  • 22
    2008
    Graphite on paper   36" x 24"
 








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